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Ord 764 Calling the General Election to elect a Mayor and two Council Members TOWN OF WESTLAKE ORDINANCE NO. 764 AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF WESTLAKE, TEXAS, CALLING AND ORDERING AN ELECTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING A MAYOR AND TWO (2) COUNCIL MEMBERS TO BE HELD ON MAY 7, 2016, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 23.023, TEXAS LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE; ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR THE ELECTION; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. WHEREAS, the general election for the Town of Westlake as set forth by the Texas Election Code, is required to be held on May 7, 2016, for the purpose of election a Mayor and two (2)Council Members for two (2) year terms; and WHEREAS, in accordance with Section 271.002 of the Texas Election Code , the Town of Westlake election will be conducted jointly with other political subdivisions in Tarrant and Denton counties. NOW,THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF WESTLAKE, TEXAS, THAT: SECTION l: Election Order for General Election.That an election is hereby ordered to be held on the 7`'day of May 2016, the first Saturday of that month, for the purpose of electing a Mayor and two (2) Council Members for two (2) year terms, in accordance with Section 23.023 of the Texas Local Government Code. SECTION 2: Polling Place. The polling places and the county elections precincts whose qualified voters shall cast ballots at such location as determined per the Joint Election Agreement and Contract for Elections Services with the Tarrant and Denton County Election Administrators. The polls shall be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 7, 2016, in accordance with and pursuant to the requirements of the Texas Election Code (the "Code"). SECTION 3: Filing Dates. In accordance with Section 143.007 of the Code, eligible persons wishing to become candidates must file an application with the Town Secretary of the Town of Westlake, Texas, beginning on 201h day of January through the 19`h day of February 2016, until 5:00 o'clock p.m. Each application shall be on a form meeting the requirements of the Code. SECTION 4: Combined Ballots. Combined ballots may be utilized containing all of the offices and propositions to be voted on at each polling place, provided that no voter shall be given a ballot or permitted to vote for any office or proposition on which the voter is ineligible to vote. The County's voting equipment will be utilized for this election. Ordinance 764 Page 1 of 4 SECTION 5: Early Voting. Early Voting by personal appearance shall be conducted at the County's Main Early Voting location; Residents living in Tarrant County Tarrant County Elections Center 2700 Premier Street Fort Worth, Texas 76111 Residents living in Denton County Denton County Elections 701 Kimberly Drive, Suite A 10 1 Denton, Texas 76208 and branch offices for early voting by personal appearance shall be established as outlined in the Election Agreement and Contract for Election Services with Tarrant and Denton County. Frank Phillips, Tarrant County Elections Administrator, Lannie Noble, Denton County Election Administrator, are hereby appointed as the Early Voting Clerk and can appoint the necessary deputy clerks as required for early voting. In accordance with Section 85.001 of the Texas Election Code, early voting by personal appearance shall be as set forth below: Tarrant County Early Voting April 25-29 (Monday-Friday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. April 30 (Saturday) 7:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m. May 1 (Sunday) 11:00 a.m. —4:00 p.m. May 2-3 (Monday—Tuesday) 7:00 a.m. —7:00 p.m. Denton County Voting April 25 —April 30 (Monday—Saturday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. May 2—May 3 (Monday—Tuesday) 7:00 am. - 7:00 p.m. Applications for a Ballot by Mail may be submitted between January 1, 2016 and April 26, 2016 by mail, fax or email to: Tarrant County- Early Voting Clerk PO Box 961011 Fort Worth TX 76161-0011 SECTION 6: Notice.Notice of said elections shall be given as required by the Texas Election Code. Ordinance 764 Page 2 of 4 SECTION 7: Election Officials. The election judge, alternate election judge, and ballot board will be appointed by the Tarrant and Denton County Elections Administrator, as permitted bylaw. The presiding judge shall appoint elections clerks as maybe necessary for the proper conduct of the election. The election judge or the alternate election judge in the absence of the election judge, and the election clerks shall constitute the early voting ballot board. The election judge, and alternate election judge, and election clerks shall be qualified voters of the Town. SECTION 8: Election Results. That the candidate for Mayor and two (2) candidates for Council who receive the highest number of votes shall be elected to two (2) year terms; and The Mayor shall deliver a certificate of election to the successful candidates. In the event of a tie, the tied candidates shall cast lots to determine which one shall be declared elected. SECTION 9: Governing Law. The election shall be held in accordance with the Constitution of the State of Texas and the Texas Election Code, and all resident qualified voters of the Town shall be eligible to vote at the election. SECTION 10: Submission to the United States Justice Department. The Town Secretary of the Town of Westlake, Texas, or the Town Attorney, is authorized to make such submissions as are necessary to the United States Justice Department to seek pre-clearance as required by law. SECTION 11: Necessary Actions. The Mayor and the Town Secretary, in consultation with the Town Attorney, are authorized and directed to take all actions necessary to comply with the provisions of the Texas Election Code, and the Town Code in carrying out and conducting the election, whether or not expressly authorized by this Order. SECTION 12: Severability Clause. It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Town Council that the sections,paragraphs, sentences, clauses and phrases of this order are severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence,paragraph, or section shall be declared invalid or unconstitutional by the valid judgment or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect any of the remaining phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs and sections of this order, since the same would have been enacted by the Town Council without the incorporation in this order of any such invalid or unconstitutional phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph or section. Ordinance 764 Page 3 of 4 SECTION 13: Effective Date. This order shall be effective upon its adoption. PASSED AND APPROVED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF WESTLAKE, TEXAS, ON THIS 25`h DAY OF JANUARY 2016. ATTEST: Laura]Wheat,rMayor Kell , Edwzir s, Town Secretary Thomas E. Brymer, Tohn Manager APPRO D;AS TS`F6RM: OF Wk's ' 0 . 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